“Simply ridiculous. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 15 goals, taking Real Madrid to Champions League victory once again, it’s just ridiculous”, Marca.com quoted Mendes, as saying. “There’s no doubt who the victor should be, the one who is the best in his position”, he said.
The other contender was Egypt and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
French World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann of France was fourth, followed by Messi of Barcelona and Argentina.
Ronaldo’s manager, Jorge Mendes, was pretty upset with the decision to snub Ronaldo for the Player of the Year award.
Perez’s meddling in making sure that his player, Modric, won the award ahead of Ronaldo, who abandoned the Spanish giants in the summer, has come to light. The first two matches will be Barcelona vs. PSV and Inter Milan vs. Tottenham.
“When the group stage finishes you have the knockout stage. I repeat, Inter needs to find an identity and that identity should not be affected by whether or not a single player is available to play”.
“I expect him to steer the ship and gradually pick up in the Premier League, then to have a bit more focus and positivity going into this group”. However, Manchester United, Valencia, and Young Boys will provide a tough first test to get through.
“He is angry and upset”, Allegri said, as quoted by Calciomercato.
The Portuguese superstar will be heading back to familiar surroundings during the group stage of the 2018-19 Champions League. While Group C serves equally tough competition with Red Star Belgrade the least talented side, quality wise. Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan.
Matchday 1: Ajax vs. AEK Athens and Bayern vs. Benfica.
“We want to be even closer than last season [to the Champions League]”.
Having progressed through a group featuring Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, they may feel happy with the draw this time around.
Former Ghana midfielder C.K Akonnor believes this season’s Uefa Champions League will be full of excitement following the draw for the group stage held in Monaco on Thursday.
Matchday 1: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Hoffenheim and Manchester City vs. Olympique Lyonnais.